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In layman terms, a rash is a skin condition in which an area of the skin is irritated or swollen. Many rashes are itchy red, painful, irritated and can lead to blisters or patches of raw skin. Rashes can occur as a symptom of many different medical problems. Other causes include irritating substances and allergies, or certain genes that can make people more likely to get rashes.

Some Facts about Rashes:

  • Skin conditions having common skin rashes such as contact dermatitis can occur easily and causes redness, itching, and sometimes small bumps.
  • You get the rash where you have touched an irritant such as a chemical or poisonous plant like poison ivy.
  • Some rashes develop right away while others take several days.
  • Similarly, most rashes clear up quickly while some can last longer.
  • A proper treatment method must be followed for skin rash treatment.

Causes

A rash can be caused by many things but before you start looking for its cure, it’s important to understand the type of rash you have, the symptoms associated with it, and most importantly its cause. You can try some home remedies but it will increase the chances of making the rash even worse. Hence, it is always suggested to see a doctor for skin allergy treatment like a rash. Major reasons behind the occurrence of a rash are:

  • A comprehensive eruption of skin injuries
  • Dry skin
  • Allergic skin
  • Heat exposure
  • Sensitive skin to clothing dyes 
  • Allergic to Cosmetic products 
  • Poisonous plants 
  • Skin reaction to Rubber or latex 
  • Certain prescription drugs 
  • Infection due to viruses 
  • Irregular food habits

Symptoms

Some common symptoms of rashes include:

  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Flaky skin
  • Fluid-filled blisters
  • Infection
  • Bumps on the skin
  • Discolouration of the skin
  • Blisters
But you must consult a doctor in case a rash comes with the following symptoms:

  • Increasing pain or discolouration in the rash area
  • Tightness or inflammation in the throat
  • Breathlessness
  • Swelling on the face or other parts of the body
  • Fever of 100.4°F or higher
  • Severe headache
  • Neck pain
  • Nausea
  • Itchy red marks caused by the rash because of allergic skin
  • Fragile areas near the itchy rash
  • Any recent animal or insect bite
The dermatologist doctor would ask certain questions related to rash, its history, your diet, recent medications you took, your hygiene practices, etc. The doctor will also check the temperature and you might have to take some tests related to allergies, blood count etc and will provide you with the best treatment as per your condition.

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Treatment

As we mentioned earlier that there can be innumerable causes of rashes and hence there exists a wide range of treatments. A rash can be hard, moistened, jarring or flat and can also be painful to the patient due to inflammation while causing swelling. Most rashes can be treated at home with over the counter creams and prescription medicines. It is imperative to maintain skin hygiene and take precautions to not aggravate the rashes further. In the case of severe rashes, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist for the treatment of rash as it can be a sign of another underlying health condition.

Things you can do at home to cure rashes

Anyone can get rashes but the treatment depends on the cause. Following these procedures can help to race through the healing process and reduce the chances of getting a rash on your body.

  • Only use gentle and moderate cleansers instead of using strong fragrance soaps.
  • Wash your skin and hair with cold or lukewarm water rather than hot water.
  • Do not ever rub the rash as it can make the condition go worse.
  • Make sure you don’t cover the rash with any cloth or band-aid or else it will not heal soon.
  • Stick to the beauty products that you’re familiar with and avoid using new products as you might have sensitive or allergic skin and it can lead to a rash.
  • Do not apply scented moisturizers or cream on the rash or affected area.
  • Do not scratch the rash as it leads to infection and can cause swelling.
  • Consider taking an oatmeal bath as it will decrease the inflammation.
  • Wash your hair every alternate day with a mild shampoo to maintain overall hygiene.
  • Eat healthy food.
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